As classic rock bands age, many fans lament the fact that they will never get to see their favorite bands perform live or with the original lineup. But some artists have solved this problem by using holograms of themselves. Led Zeppelin was almost one of them. So what stopped the legendary rock band from using holograms during stage shows? Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page explains.
Why Led Zeppelin Didn’t Make a Hologram Show
Swedish pop group Abba made headlines when its members announced they would be performing a series of hologram concerts. In short, they would technically play instruments and sing, but virtual avatars would perform on stage.
According to Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin was actually approached to do such a project years before Abba unveiled his plans for virtual shows.
While speaking at the Hay Festival in Wales, Page shared that the band had been asked about doing “this sort of thing”, reported The Guardian. However, the members’ infighting meant that the idea “didn’t really get off the ground”.
Page said he, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones just couldn’t agree on hologram gigs, so they eventually scrapped the idea.
While it didn’t work for Led Zeppelin, Page was complementary to other hologram shows, although he admitted he didn’t think such a show would work well for his pre-Zeppelin band, the Yardbirds.
Asked about an Elvis Presley hologram show, the guitarist replied, “I bet it was good, but I didn’t see it.”
Led Zeppelin Guitarist Jimmy Page’s Thoughts on Technology in the Music Industry
While Jimmy Page shared that he thinks Led Zeppelin could put on a good holographic show, he also gave his thoughts on how technology has changed the music industry — and not always for the better.
The guitarist said the music videos “closed off” the different styles that were previously popular, encouraging up-and-coming bands to make music that sounded like everyone else to get their video on MTV.
However, he said computers have made music making much easier, especially for young people trying to get their music heard without the help of a label. Page even spoke of a band he met in Brighton who found success in Vietnam after a song by the band was used in a Southeast Asian advert.
Why Jimmy Page calls live music the “fellowship of musicians”
While all new technology is good, the Led Zeppelin guitarist says nothing compares to performing in front of a live audience.
Calling it “musician communion,” Page explained that playing the same songs over and over on tour with various bands made him the excellent studio musician he is today, as he can improvise and “keep going. to propose a spontaneous style”.
Some critics decried these holographic performers and concerts as a shameless cash grab or a soulless spectacle from a robot. Still, Led Zeppelin fans are probably disappointed that they didn’t get a chance to see one of their favorite bands perform live one last time, even though not all of the members were physically there.
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